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ALADDIN-G5K : ensuring the development of Grid'5000

for the 2008-2012 period

An infrastructure distributed in 9 sites around France, for research in large-scale parallel and distributed systems

Engineers ensuring the development and day to day support of the infrastructure are mostly provided by INRIA, under the ADT ALADDIN-G5K initiative.

Latest news

Research in Grids - Production Grids workshop to be held October 13th, 2009

L’Institut des Grilles (IdG) et l’action Aladdin INRIA lancent un appel commun à propositions pour dynamiser les recherches à l’interface entre la recherche sur les grilles, les grilles de recherche, et les grilles de production.

Le colloque présentera les questions ouvertes aux interfaces et les projets proposés dans le cadre de cet appel, afin de favoriser la création de nouveaux réseaux. Le but de la journée est de faire émerger des synergies. La présentation de travaux en cours est donc vivement encouragée. Plus d’informations.

Latest updated experiment descriptions


Latest updated publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2181 overall):

  • Frédéric Lang, Radu Mateescu, Franco Mazzanti. Sharp Congruences Adequate with Temporal Logics Combining Weak and Strong Modalities. TACAS 2020 - Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, Apr 2020, Dublin, Ireland. pp.57-76, 10.1007/978-3-030-45237-7_4. hal-02555692 view on HAL pdf
  • Arif Ahmed. Efficient Cloud Application Deployment in Distributed Fog Infrastructures. Operating Systems cs.OS. Université de Rennes 1, France, 2020. English. tel-02481986 view on HAL pdf
  • Jan Gmys, Tiago Carneiro, Nouredine Melab, El-Ghazali Talbi, Daniel Tuyttens. A comparative study of high-productivity high-performance programming languages for parallel metaheuristics. Swarm and Evolutionary Computation, Elsevier, 2020, 57, 10.1016/j.swevo.2020.100720. hal-02879767 view on HAL pdf
  • Soulaimane Guedria, Noel de Palma, Felix Renard, Nicolas Vuillerme. Auto-CNNp: a component-based framework for automating CNN parallelism. 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data), Dec 2019, Los Angeles, United States. pp.3330-3339, 10.1109/BigData47090.2019.9006175. hal-02894478 view on HAL pdf
  • Mulugeta Tamiru, Guillaume Pierre, Johan Tordsson, Erik Elmroth. Instability in Geo-Distributed Kubernetes Federation: Causes and Mitigation. MASCOTS 2020 - 27th IEEE Symposium on Modelling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, Nov 2020, Nice, France. hal-02934475 view on HAL pdf


Grid'5000 Tutorial at CLCAR 2009 in Venezuela

Yiannis Georgiou will present a Grid5000 tutorial at the 2nd edition of Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing (CLCAR) held in Merida, Venezuela (21-25 September 2009).

Best Student Demo Award given to Grid'5000 users at Sigmetrics/Performance 2009 at Seattle

This award was given to Patrick Loiseau, Romaric Guillier, Oana Goga, Matthieu Imbert, Paulo Goncalves, Pascale Vicat-Blanc Primet (INRIA, ENS-Lyon, University of Lyon, France) for their demo Automated Traffic Measurements and Analysis in Grid'5000 demo at the demo session

Grid'5000 under extension to Porto Alegre, Brazil

July 21st, 2009, INRIA and UFRGS signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking the cooperation of the two institutes towards the extension of the Grid'5000 platform to Brazil.

According to the terms of this memo, UFRGS will contribute to Grid'5000 by operating a local site in Porto Alegre and INRIA will fully integrate this local site into Grid'5000 in order to gain an international scale. Researchers from both partners will therefore gain access to one of the major scientific instruments for the study of large-scale parallel and distributed problems in computer science. With this cooperation, Grid'5000 gives its users the possibility to study the effects of inter-continental networks links on these problems.

For Grid'5000 users, access to the new site during the integration phase is possible using portoalegre.grenoble as name of the new site

Grid'5000 showcased during the Open Days of Bell Labs France

June 2nd, 2009, MEtroflux/NXE tools where shown using Grid'5000 during a week during the Open Days of Bell Labs France, demonstrating the potential of Grid'5000 as a research instrument.

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Grid'5000 at a glance

Grid'5000 sites
  • Grid'5000 is a scientific instrument for the study of large scale parallel and distributed systems. It aims at providing a highly reconfigurable, controlable and monitorable experimental platform to its users. The initial aim (circa 2003) was to reach 5000 processors in the platform. It has been reframed at 5000 cores, and was reached during winter 2008-2009.
  • The infrastructure of Grid'5000 is geographically distributed on different sites hosting the instrument, initialy 9 in France. Porto Alegre, Brazil is now officially becoming the 10th site.


Grid'5000 allows experiments in all these software layers
  • Grid'5000 is a research effort developping a large scale nation wide infrastructure for large scale parallel and distributed computing research.
  • 17 laboratories are involved in France with the objective of providing the community a testbed allowing experiments in all the software layers between the network protocols up to the applications.

The current plans are to extend from the 9 initial sites each with 100 to a thousand PCs, connected by the RENATER Education and Research Network to a bigger platform including a few sites outside France not necessarily connected through a dedicated network connection. Sites in Brazil and Luxembourg should join shortly.

All sites in France are connected to RENATER with a 10Gb/s link.

This high collaborative research effort is funded by INRIA, CNRS, the Universities of all sites and some regional councils.

Initial Rationale

The foundations of Grid'5000 have emerged from a thorough analysis and numerous discussions about methodologies used for scientific research in the Grid domain. A report presents the rationale for Grid'5000.

In addition to theory, simulators and emulators, there is a strong need for large scale testbeds where real life experimental conditions hold. The size of Grid'5000, in terms of number of sites and number of processors per site, was established according to the scale of the experiments and the number of researchers involved in the project.

Current funding

As from June 2008, INRIA is the main contributor to Grid'5000 funding.






University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
University of Rennes 1, Rennes
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse / INSA / FERIA / Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
University Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux
University Lille 1, Lille
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Nord Pas de Calais